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April 16, 2018

As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018, it is renewing its focus on its core exploration and discoveries, and on strengthening our economy and security. The agency is dedicated to exploring the Moon and deep space by leading innovative commercial and international partnerships as human exploration, science, and technology work together as never before.

Lunar outpost concept. Image Credit: NASA

Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships is a public-private partnership model that encourages the commercial development of deep space exploration capabilities to support human spaceflight missions. https://www.nasa.gov/nextstep

NASA Technology Transfer Program. Using NASA inventions, you could create new products or launch a new company. https://technology.nasa.gov/

NASA Spinoffs are technologies, products, and processes that have been derived from NASA development and expertise. https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/spinoff

The Rocket Propulsion Test (RPT) Program optimizes utilization of NASA’s chemical rocket propulsion test facilities in support of agency and external customer test objectives. https://rockettest.nasa.gov/

NASA Centennial Challenges offer incentive prizes to generate revolutionary solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the Nation. The program seeks nontraditional sources from the public, academia, and industry to compete and accelerate technology.  The program currently has three open competitions: 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, Cube Quest, and Vascular Tissue Challenge. https://www.nasa.gov/winit

NASA’s Satellite Servicing Projects Division is advancing the state of the art in robotic servicing to open up a new world where fleet managers can call on robotic mechanics to diagnose, maintain, and extend the lifespan of their assets. https://sspd.gsfc.nasa.gov/

NASA Partnerships develops strategic partnerships with academic, nonprofit, and industry partners dedicated to advancing the goals of the agency and world at large. https://www.nasa.gov/partnerships.html

Kennedy Space Center is the world’s preeminent Multi-User Spaceport for government and commercial space access, enabling the world to explore and work in space. https://masterplan.ksc.nasa.gov/

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program advances innovative space technologies, stimulates U.S. commercial spaceflight, and supports capability development in the suborbital and orbital small satellite launch vehicle market. https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/flightopportunities/index.html

The Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute advances the field of small spacecraft systems and allied sciences by promoting innovation, exploring new concepts, identifying emerging technology opportunities, and establishing effective conduits for collaboration and the dissemination of research results relevant to small spacecraft systems and subsystems. https://www.nasa.gov/smallsat-institute

NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program empowers the global community through remote sensing training. https://arset.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Find out how your Small Business can help NASA develop tomorrow’s technology. https://sbir.nasa.gov/

Building on its work in air traffic management for crewed aircraft, NASA is researching technologies for a UAS Traffic Management system that could develop airspace integration requirements enabling safe, efficient, low-altitude operations. https://utm.arc.nasa.gov/index.shtml

Your feedback on International Deep Space Standards will improve the interoperability standards enabling the development of systems to maximize investment in, and benefits of, deep space exploration platforms and technologies. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-partners-seek-input-on-standards-for-deep-space-technologies

Interact with NASA data and become part of the real process of discovery by becoming a NASA Citizen Scientist. From finding planets around other stars to creating images of Jupiter to making Earth observations in your own backyard, join the NASA science team. https://science.nasa.gov/citizenscientists

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program Office enables the agency’s many missions to communicate with Earth. SCaN develops, manages, and operates the agency’s three communications networks: the Near Earth Network, Space Network, and Deep Space Network. These networks provide tracking, telemetry, and command services for missions from launch through retirement. SCaN is preparing for the next generation of robotic and human exploration through technology development, innovation and partnership with industry, academia, and other government agencies. https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/scan/index.html

NASA has a long tradition of turning to accomplished citizens for advice and guidance on major program and policy issues before the agency. NASA Advisory Council and Committee meetings are typically open to the public. https://www.nasa.gov/offices/nac/home/index.html

NASA Social events provide social media followers with the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at NASA facilities and events and speak with scientists, engineers, astronauts, and managers. https://www.nasa.gov/connect/social/index.html

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate has prioritized Tipping Point funding opportunities for public-private partnerships to achieve NASA’s goals of expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/home/index.html

NASA EXPRESS is your #1 source for the latest NASA education opportunities including internships, fellowships, and scholarships. https://blogs.nasa.gov/educationexpress/

NASA iTech is a collaborative effort to find and foster innovative solutions that aim to solve challenges on Earth and also have the potential to solve some of NASA’s challenges agency wide. https://nasaitech.com/

Flying experiments on the International Space Station is a unique opportunity to eliminate gravity as a variable, provide exposure to vacuum and radiation, and have a clear view of Earth and the universe. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

Image (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA/Brian Dunbar.

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